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Hi,

Could you guys please solve the below question and provide solution for this.
I have doubt in this question.

In 1998, more citizens from the country of Monrovia migrated from Monrovia to neighboring Abstania than during any prior year. In 1998, the number of reported violent crimes in Abstania increased dramatically over 1997. The unavoidable conclusion is that Monrovians who migrated from Monrovia to Abstania were responsible for this increase.

Which of the following statements, if true, would most seriously weaken the claim that Monrovians were responsible for the increase in violent crime in Abstania during 1998?
(A) Each year more violent criminals are apprehended in Abstania than in Monrovia.
(B) During 1998 more violent crimes were reported in Abstania than in Monrovia.
(C) In 1998 no Monrovians migrated from either Monrovia or Abstania to any country other than Monrovia or Abstania.
(D) In 1998 the number of unreported violent crimes in Abstania increased as well.
(E) In 1998 fewer Monrovians migrated from Monrovia to Abstania than from Abstania to Monrovia.

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13 Jun 2010, 20:56
I think its A

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13 Jun 2010, 21:32
No.. the correct answer given is E.
Dont know how.....

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13 Jun 2010, 22:54
How is the answer E. Something is wrong here

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13 Jun 2010, 23:12

E) In 1998 fewer Monrovians migrated from Monrovia to Abstania than from Abstania to Monrovia.

This means that in 1998 a certain number of Monrovians, let's say 100, moved from Monrovia to Abstania. In the same year, a GREATER number of Monrovians, let's say 200, moved from Abstania to Monrovia. This means that in 1998 the actual number of Monrovians in Abstania decreased, making it difficult to attribute the increase in crimes to Monrovians.

I hope it's clear...

About answer A, the fact that more violent criminals are apprehended in Monrovia than in Abstania could be due to several reasons:
1) Monrovia could have a much higher population than Abstania.
2) Police in Monrovia could be much more efficient than police in Abstania.

and so on...

if you need more clarifications, let me know...

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14 Jun 2010, 00:08
I will go with answer E.

Reason:

(A) Each year more violent criminals are apprehended in Abstania than in Monrovia.
>>>>>>>Out of Scope. I am not bothered about criminals here. Apprehending criminals does not mean crime is high. The criminals for crime in '97 may have been caught in '98 !!!

(B) During 1998 more violent crimes were reported in Abstania than in Monrovia.
>>>>>> This will strengthen the argument. We want to weaken it.

(C) In 1998 no Monrovians migrated from either Monrovia or Abstania to any country other than Monrovia or Abstania.
>>>> Irrelevant. Out of Scope

(D) In 1998 the number of unreported violent crimes in Abstania increased as well.
>>>>Again this will strengthen the argument. And anyways it is out of scope !

(E) In 1998 fewer Monrovians migrated from Monrovia to Abstania than from Abstania to Monrovia.
>>>> Only remaining answer ! Furthermore. The statement shows there are more Abs'ians than monrovians... So mon... are not responsible for crime !

I hope this explains. Point me out if am wrong, or add kudos

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14 Jun 2010, 00:28
toshio86 and amsurana.... thanks for your help

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14 Jun 2010, 10:05
I am still not convinced with E, can someone give a concrete reasoning of chosing E over A?

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03 Jun 2015, 23:22
I think that if OA is option E it means that all Monrovians can commit violent crimes but the argument says that those who migrated to Abstania might be responsible for the increase in crime
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